September 6, 2009

ESV Study Bible

I remember when I switched from my King James Version Bible to my New International Version Study Bible. It was probably one of the most influential decisions that I have ever made. There is a quote in the front of the NIV Bible that comes from the book of Nehemiah. It says,

"The Levites... instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people could understand what was being read... Then all the people went away... to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them."
~Nehemiah 8:7-8,12


I love that quote because it states so well my thoughts on what transpired for me when I first read from the NIV Bible.

Because of its impact, I have loved my NIV Bible, but I had been pondering for quite some time switching to the ESV (English Standard Version). I had heard some good things about that translation and had read some great reviews from several different sources. I had made up my mind, but was waiting for that extra little bit of cash to make the purchase. (I really wanted the ESV Study Bible... I just loved the study notes in my other Bible, so I wanted something similar.)

Well, my mom beat me to the punch and picked one up for me for my birthday. She was going to wait until Christmas to give it to me, but I am so glad that she didn't. I absolutely love it, and have made the decision to use this version to preach from on Sundays. She got me the hardback because she knows that I am opposed to leather bound Bibles. My Bible has been for me a working book. It has never been for show, so it has always seemed wrong in my mind to wrap it up in leather. I keep it in a fake leather case, but that is for sentimental value (a former student gave it to me).

Well, anyway, I didn't really have any good reason for this post other than to brag on my new Bible.